Goddesses in Everywoman: A New Psychology of Women Summary & Study Guide

Jean Shinoda-Bolen
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This book is written by an eminent and highly creative professional psychiatrist. She has devoted this particular book to further enhancing the awareness of female archetypes. This serves to improve the situation primarily for women but also for men within the field of Jungian psychology. In this respect, her work can be seen as part of the same cultural and psychological healing process of contemporary, formally educated women seeking solutions for integrating the female perspective and needs into the institutions without ruining the excellence of progress in science and society that men have made.

Her work combines the attitude and approach of the 'new' with respect to Jungian psychology and how this has been growing in society during the 20th and not 21st centuries. She also takes strength from something ancient, and uses this to show women how to accept the diversity amongst us. She re-contextualizes these to serve as models for female archetypes. In this respect, her work is in tune with the works of other writers such as Clarissa Pinkola Estes who authored Women Who Run With the Wolves as part of the same project of working with female archetypes for the advancement of Jungian psychology in theory and in practice. Doctor Jean Bolan does not refer to or treat the women figures that she uses as actual deities and in that respect is not working as a modern pagan. The works have also been published with a general audience in mind so that these ideas can be popularized and proliferated.

The author's commitment to the welfare of women is observed in one of the earliest notes. She is described in reference to a large-scale project to secure the full legal protection of women through advocating the ERA- the Equal Rights Amendment. Her efforts to do so have taken place within her field. In her case, this is psychiatry.

The book has fourteen chapters devoted to explication of goddess archetypes. She provides a great deal of interpretation for each. She is seeking to nurture the sense of unity amongst women.

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